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    West Virginia, USA
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    My personal interests are in the US Civil War and of course US bayonets and military knives.

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  1. You may very well be right about them using a smaller stamp. Although it is on a small blade, the one in the photo below (taken from an online sale ad and is curved) seems to be similar.
  2. I don't claim to be an expert on pocket knives, but I have some background and I have discussed this with a couple of very knowledgeable collectors. My opinion, and theirs, is that the marking die was damaged and the I should actually be a U. Everything points to this knife being a Union Cutlery (Ka-Bar) knife and I cannot find any record of an I.C. anywhere, and of course Union Cutlery is in Olean.
  3. You not only have to be careful with the wording, but what you show in some cases. Their detection system basically is a computer that checks for certain combinations of words. To the computer, the M4 can be the current carbine - it will let it pass sometimes depending on how the rest is worded. Obviously just M4 and bayonet will not trigger the system as there are something like 40 right now that use M4 and bayonet in the title alone. As mdk0911 has found with the swastika, even not mentioning an item can cause problems when some person reports it. Sometime back I posted a unifor
  4. I stand corrected about the bayonet not fitting into the scabbard. I did know that the guard was made especially for the bayonet, guess I did not look carefully enough to note the groove being deep enough to clear the stud. Thanks for the correction and photos. A very desirable bayonet.
  5. I mention it in my first book American Military Bayonets of the 20th Century, bottom of page 26. I did not go into great detail because of the rarity. The guard is apparently specially made as the slot that allows the bayonet to be inserted into the scabbard and pass the catch stud appears to not extend all the way down to the top of the blade as it does on the standard guard. If I am correct, the bayonet would not fit the normal scabbard as it would contact the stud on the top plate, but a stud could be removed to allow it to fit in only one direction. I only know of one of these in
  6. The stud on the screwdriver / caplifter blade was not a WW2 idea. Note the ad from the June 1935 ad in Boys Life magazine.
  7. Some useful sources: http://www.scoutknives.net/index.php/boy-scout-knives-1 https://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/knife_forum/viewtopic.php?t=12874&start=225
  8. 281 was the commercial designation used by Victor Tool. LC-14-B was the military designation.
  9. As far as when Camillus began to sell the Engineer knife to the military, the earliest record that Tom Williams had found when we were corresponding was 1940. It is possible that they sold some prior to that time, or that Tom found other records later that I did not know of. Camillus did produce an Engineer style knife sometime prior to the one I showed above, but it was marked Scout Knife and had plastic handles and the earlier can opener. As a note, I wish the Army Knife was mine, but the photos were sent to me by a collector on the west coast and I have never actually handled it.
  10. Is it marked to the New York Knife Company? Hammer Brand was used by Imperial in the 1930s after New York went out of business. I am finding this thread interesting, even though it is not Camillus related. From what few records I have, the Army does not seem to have ordered Engineer knives until the late 1930s. Here is the Camillus version, dates from the late 1930s to about 1940.
  11. Ulster had large contracts for pocket knives in late 1945 (April, May, June and July totalling over $450,000) but unfortunately the record does not specify the type of knife to be supplied. It is quite possible that some of those, especially the later ones, may be for the all metal knives. Some of these late contracts were certainly cancelled in August with the end of the war however.
  12. I think you will find that the mark is Keenwell, not Heenwell. Keenwell was a trade mark used by Union Cutlery (KaBar).
  13. I of course stand corrected about French vs Russian. Just outside of my field of interest and I did not know about the screw vs rivet situation. Thanks to those who corrected my error.
  14. Probably an example of two bidders who decided "I'll just throw in a ridiculously high bid just to be absolutely sure I get it!" Note that the last two bids are at the last second. To me even the earlier bids in the $600 range were on the high side, but if someone really wants a WT 43 to fill out a collection, maybe the $650 bid would not be too ridiculous. It would be interesting to know if the high bidder will actually honor their bid and pay the price. I have known of many instances where a bidder like this backed out, but since he has 2017 feedbacks at 100% I imagine he will pay
  15. Mine was milled out on both bayonet and scabbard, probably to remove old serial numbers.
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